Re: [Richard Stallman <email@example.com>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns
On Mon, Mar 15, 1999 at 01:28:32PM -0800, Paul Nathan Puri wrote:
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> Where you say 'free licenses cannot be revoked': What is your authority
> for that statement? The licensor can set the terms and conditions upon
> which revocation may be a consequence.
Free software licenses can not be revoked. If a license can be revoked, it
wasn't a free software license in the first place. A revocation clause
violates section 1 of the DFSG because it places a restriction on the
selling or giving away of the software in question. Therefore, any license
with such a clause is not a free software license.
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